The Demand for High-Speed Access to the Internet:
The demand for Internet access continues to grow at a dramatic rate. While the primary mode of access has been dial-up service, recent innovations have allowed even residential subscribers the option of obtaining affordable highs-peed or broadband access. In particular, cable television companies have begun to offer cable modems and many local exchange telephone companies are beginning to offer various forms of digital subscriber line (DSL) service. This chapter analyzes the demand for broadband access to the Internet by US households. Using a very large data set of US households with over 32,000 observations, we estimate a discrete-choice model for the demand for Cable Modems. Preliminary elasticity estimates indicate cable-modem Internet access demand to be price-elastic.
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